February 22, 2007

Weed control for organic agriculture is focus of IP video program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A weed management IP video program for farmers, producers, market gardeners and educators will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. EDT on March 15 at 19 Indiana sites.

"This session is designed to increase producers' awareness of approved tools and techniques that can be used to control weeds in organic crop production," said Liz Maynard, Purdue University Extension specialist for commercial vegetable and floriculture crops. "Successful producers will choose the management technique that best fits their operation and production plans."

This program is part of a five-part series for the Tri-State Organic IP Video program. Topics include soil characteristics and cropping practices that influence weed management, tools and materials for weed management in field crops and vegetables, and organic farmers' weed management systems for vegetable and agronomic farms.

Speakers include organic farmers from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Also giving presentations will be specialists Steve Weller of Purdue University, John Cardina of Ohio State University and John Masiunas of the University of Illinois. There will be a brief panel discussion and time will be allotted for questions.

Registration is due March 9 and is $10 per farm, which includes materials and refreshments. For registration, contact Lynn Stocksick at (800) 359-2968 or go online to http://www.conf.purdue.edu/VIDEO.

The IP video program can be seen at Purdue Extension offices in Aurora, Bloomington, Brazil, Danville, Evansville, Frankfort, Greenfield, Greensburg, Kokomo, LaGrange, New Castle, Rockport, Scottsburg and Winamac. The program also will take place at the Southeast Purdue Agriculture Center in Butlerville, Orange County Learning Center in Paoli, Southwest Purdue Agriculture Center in Vincennes, Pinney-Purdue Agriculture Center in Wanatah and on Purdue's West Lafayette campus in Pfendler Hall, Room 214.

For questions and additional information about the organic IP video program, contact Maynard at (219) 785-5673, emaynard@purdue.edu.

Future Tri-State Organic IP Video program sessions "Insect and Disease Control in Organic Vegetables" on April 19, "Organic Poultry Production" on Sept. 20 and "Introduction to Organic Markets and Certification" on Nov. 15. Registration is due the Friday preceding each session.

The first session about cover crops and soil fertility was cancelled due to inclement weather, but the information and presentations will be recorded and made available on DVD at a later date.

The programs are a cooperative effort by Extension programs at Purdue, University of Illinois and Ohio State University.

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 496-1050, douglajk@purdue.edu

Source: Liz Maynard, (219) 785-5673, emaynard@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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